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We have grown quickly in recent years, enhancing our reputation and increasing turnover, which now stands at almost £100m. Now an established Top 30 national law firm, we have eight offices, the latest of which opened in Manchester, in January 2009. Our growth has been driven by a commercially driven strategy of seizing opportunities in a changing market, while at the same time staying close to our clients and providing them with the best possible legal advice. At the same time, we have developed an excellent work/life balance alongside an enterprising culture, one that has acted as a magnet for some of the brightest and best legal talent. It is this that has enabled us to expand organically. Culture and brand help us stand out, and our strong values programme is reinforced at every job interview, promotion opportunity, and performance and development review. We believe that a service-oriented, client-centred law firm stands the best chance of thriving as the much anticipated Legal Services Act approaches, and the significant changes it will bring. And in February 2010 we announced Access Legal from Shoosmiths, a new brand bringing together more than 100 consumer services in seven areas: conveyancing; employment law advice; legal disputes; medical negligence solicitors; motoring law; personal injury solicitors; and Wills, family and wealth. Its aim is to make legal services easily accessible to consumers, while at the same time complementing Shoosmiths' corporate client offering.

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Unfair dismissal claims - when is an employer liable?

As organisations have become more global and workforces more mobile, this has resulted in 'overseas' employees claiming UK employment rights. In this article, Shoosmiths focuses on some examples and what employers can do to minimise their risks of such claims.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 July 2015 | Practice Area: Termination of Contract

Sexual orientation discrimination and the workplace: will the US shift have a ripple effect?

The US has now caught up with the UK and many other countries by declaring same-sex marriage legal. Will this translate into employers and employees being more accepting of one another regardless of sexual orientation? This Shoosmiths briefing looks at the current legal sitation in the UK.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 July 2015 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment

European Copyright Law: four 'megatrends' set to dominate the agenda

With concrete proposals for amendments to European copyright law not due until this autumn, now is a good time to take stock. This Shoosmiths briefing takes a look at four 'megatrends' in European copyright law which will dominate the regulatory agenda and discourse over the next three years.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 July 2015 | Practice Area: Copyright

Retailers: top 10 issues to consider about Sunday trading

Chancellor George Osborne has revealed that he plans to give directly elected mayors and councils devolved powers to allow them to make the choice as to whether to bring in longer Sunday trading hours in their respective regions. This briefing sets out the top 10 issues retailers need to consider.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 10 July 2015 | Practice Area: Sale and Supply of Goods and Services

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Private copying exemption challenged by musicians' groups

The private copying exemption permitting copying of copyright protected content, including music, which was introduced into English law on 1 October 2014, has come under attack in judicial review proceedings. Shoosmiths reports on a case which could prove to be highly significant.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 03 July 2015 | Practice Area: Copyright

Managing a clash of personalities... is dismissal an option?

A collision of personalities at work can lead to disruption, reduced productivity and much stress and anxiety, and such cases may cause an employer to consider the dismissal of one, both or all parties involved. But how can an employer do so, and do so fairly? Shoosmiths looks at the key issues.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 02 July 2015 | Practice Area: Termination of Contract

From Sepp Blatter to Nigel Farage: when is a resignation not a resignation?

High-profile resignations have hit the headlines lately, such as Sepp Blatter's resignation as FIFA president despite his re-election, and Nigel Farage's 'un-resignation' as the leader of UKIP. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at some common questions about resignations in the employment context.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 25 June 2015 | Practice Area: Termination of Contract

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The limits of using common sense to interpret commercial contracts

Scotland's senior civil appeal court has reiterated that commercial common sense is only relevant to interpreting the terms of a contract if those terms are ambiguous. Where the words used are clear and not open to more than one interpretation, a court must give them their natural meaning.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 22 June 2015 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Technology in franchising: new challenges for franchisors

Technology now touches most, if not all, business areas, and franchising is no different. More than ever, prospective and current franchisors need to be mindful of how technology can enhance, - but also present challenges for - their franchise offering. This briefing looks at the key issues.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 18 June 2015 | Practice Area: Agency, Distribution and Franchising

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Commercial Court sets out impact of successful mitigation on damages for breach of contract

In the recent case of Thai Airways International Public Company v KI Holdings, the Commercial Court has provided guidance on how a claimant's mitigation efforts affect the damages it can recover for breach of contract. this briefing looks at the impact on businesses dealing with supplier problems.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 15 June 2015 | Practice Area: Litigation

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